first_imgWritten in a different time and in what is essentially another language, Shakespeare is often looked upon with a certain amount of dread by high school students.So Greg Saum, 38, a new teacher at Hockinson High School, is using a different method to make The Bard more accessible.He’s brought his theater group at the school into the Portland Playhouse Fall Festival of Shakespeare.“I’ve seen how accessible it makes Shakespeare and I’ve seen it grow us as a theater community,” Saum said.The program brings together students from seven schools in Portland and Clark County to work with professional actors and perform a selection of the 16th century poet’s plays.Saum first came across it as a teacher at Ridgefield High School, where he taught prior to moving to Hockinson. Ridgefield is also participating in this year’s program, as is Fort Vancouver High School.The schools started working together in September, and students will perform seven plays at the Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Dolores Winningstad Theatre in Portland. Hockinson will perform “Comedy of Errors” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Fort Vancouver will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at noon on Sunday and Ridgefield will perform “Romeo and Juliet” at 2 p.m. on Saturday.Hannah Hofstede, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hockinson High School, said the language was a barrier when she first started working on her role as Dromio of Syracuse.last_img read more